Silicon wafer shortage starts in 2018

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  1. DickCappels

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    Silicon wafer shortage starts in 2018

    The article contains some interesting figures, for example by 2021 demand for silicon wafers is expected to reach 13,000 million square inches, or about 8 square km.
     
  2. nsaspook

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    Silicon is still king. If there is money to be made supply will ramp with demand.
     
  3. AlbertHall

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    Silicon is one element we are most unlikely to run out of so it is just manufacturing capacity that is lacking. Is this a ploy to increase the price?
    Cynical? Moi?
     
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  4. GopherT

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    That is like saying, there is plenty of trees, how is there a shortage of houses?

    The capacity to make 99.99% silicon is useless.
    Even the 99.9999% us useless.

    Today 9N silicon is common and 12N is in the works means 12 nines or 99.9999999999%

    Do you want to think how the word "trite" fits your claim, "it's just manufacturing capacity?"
     
  5. Glenn Holland

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    Remember the hyped up talk about reaching "Peak OiI" in the 1990s?

    However, if the oil companies can drill down 5 miles (or frack shallow wells), the silicon industry will figure out a way to keep up with demand.
     
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